Second monitor not working

January 2, 2011 at 14:46:01
Specs: Windows 7
I'm trying to set up a second monitor. My original monitor works and the second monitor is blank with an orange power light. I have NVIDIA GEFORCE 9100 on a HP p6310y. Steps that I've done so far.
1. NVIDIA Control panel; Clicked on set up multiple monitors. The two monitors are recognized and seems to be set up properly.
2. Downloaded an updated NVIDIA driver for GEFORCE.
3. Right clicked the diplay icon and "Extend desktop on this display" is selected.

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#1
January 2, 2011 at 15:15:08
Your NVIDIA GEFORCE 9100 graphics are onboard graphics and do not support dual monitors. You have a DVI port and a VGA port as a choice, NOT as a dual monitor set up. you will need to disable the onboard graphics and add a distinct graphics card that does specify DUAL MONITORS. Do not assume that just because the box or an ad shows the picture of two outputs that it supports dual monitors, look for the specs to be sure as well as the correct outputs for your monitors. Choose carefully. if you are gaming, make sure that you choose a graphics card that will support the games you plan to play into the future, but if you only need it for business, some of the less expensive dual cards may be just fine and if you do not want it for gaming but want to watch DVD's on it or graphics rendering programs, then look in between (TV tuners are available on some, but not really for gaming ones).

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#2
January 7, 2011 at 13:53:16
Okay, so I got a new graphics card.
Nvidia GeForce 8400GS and it up and running. Went through the process of set up multiple displays. On screen everything looks good, I even remembered to extend my dispaly and rebooted the computer. My second is still not working even with an orange light.

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#3
January 7, 2011 at 20:41:40
"My second is still not working even with an orange light."
If you are saying that you are not getting the orange light on the monitor, then you either have a bad monitor or your power cord is bad or not fully inserted.

If you are getting ONLY the orange light and not the blue light or other activity, then it is a different issue. In this case, check to make sure that your monitor's signal cable is plugged in properly and/or try a different cable to make sure you do not have a bad cable. Next, switch monitors to see if the second one will work in the first position and visa-versa. If the monitor does not work in the first position then the problem is the monitor or the cable. If the monitor works in the first position and the original monitor does not work in the second position, then you have a problem with the video card or the software. In this case try downloading the latest drivers from NVidia, if this does not help, return the card as defective.
As a side note, does your power supply have enough rating for your new video card? If not, it may be limiting it's ability to drive the second monitor.

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#4
January 8, 2011 at 06:12:38
Thanks, after I posted my issue I decided to change monitor cords and it worked.

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#5
January 8, 2011 at 18:14:09
It had to be one of the cables or the monitor... Glad to hear everything is working OK now. You are welcome.

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